arts & culture

Cape Town officially one of the four coolest world cities

In 2014, Cape Town was dubbed the World Design Capital by WDC 2014. iKapa went on to be bestowed with the title of Best Food City in the World by Conde Nast Traveller in 2016. Today, the Mother City is considered one of the world’s four coolest cities by travel service by Airbnb and news magazine series, Vice.

Cape Town was named one of the four world’s best cities, alongside Paris, Tokyo and New York, with each city encapsulating the “cool factor” that Airbnb and Vice recognises in cities that are effortlessly authentic and true to themselves.

Airbnb and Vice have assembled…
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Cape Town officially one of the four coolest world cities

SA’s first illustration & animation gallery

In Cape Town’s quaint Observatory suburb, a gallery – the very first of its kind in South Africa – is dedicated to celebrating the world of non-fine art creations. Illustrations and animations have finally found a home at Ahem! Art Collective on 77 Lower Main Road.

Launched in April by Thea de Klerk, after she was introduced to the idea through The Illustration Cupboard in London, the gallery now offers an alternative to local and international illustrators and animators showcasing their art online.

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“Alas! The art world of Cape Town has no such thing, which makes it very difficult…
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SA’s first illustration & animation gallery

Europe’s trendiest arts & culture destinations

Europe’s rich historical heritage and unique infrastructure makes it a special cultural and artistic hotspot. Whether you are touring the Louvre in Paris or exploring the side streets of Copenhagen, these attractive cities will fascinate and inspire you with their relics, monuments and art. Get ready to soak up some art and culture in some of these trending European cities.

Paris, The City of Lights

Who can deny that Paris, home of the Louvre, is one of the world’s most famous cultural and artistic hotspots? The Louvre exhibits the world’s most famous painting, i.e. the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci….
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Europe’s trendiest arts & culture destinations

How the Little Mermaid become a symbol of Denmark

Sitting on a bed of rocks surrounded by people from virtually every corner, The Little Mermaid is an iconic spectacle in Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, Scandinavia’s smallest nation and oldest kingdom.

During the summer months, hundreds – if not thousands – flock around this statue, which has graced the Langelinie harbour for more than 100 years.

What attracts tourists to it? It’s not only the focus of a well-known ballet performance or the most popular Disney animated movie. One of the most interesting twists to the plot is that the author of this popular fairytale is a Dane.

The fairytale was first…
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How the Little Mermaid become a symbol of Denmark

Zakifo Music Festival at a glance

Assuming you only stop for fuel, Durban is about a six-hour drive from Johannesburg. We got an early start on Monday morning, as we set off for Zakifo Festival. As a festival first-timer, I was a little underwhelmed by the size of the festival grounds and facilities. The stages were set up next to each other and acts ran back to back without the vacuous “are you ready?” and “thanks to our sponsors” emcee refrains you often have to tolerate at festivals. But when I missed Jojo Abot, whose set was feloniously swapped with Sax Machine’s, I missed having someone announce…
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Zakifo Music Festival at a glance

There are no trophies at the end of festivals

The Igoda festival network – which includes Zakifo in Durban, the Bassline Africa Day Concert in Johannesburg, Bushfire in Swaziland and Azgo festival in Maputo, Mozambique – is a partnership that’s making it simpler for festival directors to book big acts and share the costs and logistics. What it’s also done is caused wreaked havoc on the calendars, budgets and leave days of festival-lovers in the southern African region and beyond. Just this weekend, 26 to 28 May, Zakifo, Bushfire and Bassline will stage their festivals, each of them promising strong musical line-ups and great vibes.

When Damian Marley was…
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There are no trophies at the end of festivals